Nation: David Was a Goliath

Tragedy in the Caribbean and a close call in the U.S.

Spawned in the warm waters off the west coast of Africa, David was a Cape Verde hurricane, the most lethal of late summer storms and one of the strongest of this century. In its 3,000-mile trek across the Atlantic, it grew in size and intensity until it measured some 300 miles across, with an eye 30 miles wide. It entered the Caribbean almost surreptitiously, barely touching the island of Barbados.

Then the full force of its 150-m.p.h. winds slammed into the former British colony of Dominica, killing at least 22 people and...

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